You know how I’ve been writing about Ghost TV shows lately? (Ghost TV Shows: Good for Paranormal Tourism, Bad for Paranormal Research, A Few More Thoughts About Ghost TV Shows, and The NY Times Takes on Ghost TV Shows)
I’ve been doing TV since the early ’80s, and while there never seem to be the resources for the single segments I’ve done that have aired to pay for several days shooting, we have often had phenomena happen. But the unfortunate reality of even that is that so much happens off camera and even to the production crew on camera that is never even referenced (let alone shown). There are reasons for the former that sort of make sense (depends totally on the credibility of the witnesses) and for the latter, the stupid reason given is usually that the producers don’t want the crew on air, “it will look like we’re faking things” or “we’re trying to be objective.” Then they moan that they got nothing they can show, and “fix” the show in editing (so it often looks like they’re faking things!?!)
I got to thinking that this was a very interesting take –not to mention one I hadn’t covered. I had referenced sources bagging on the ghost TV shows, but there is another side to it all. The technical part of the equation. The “making of” factor, if you will.
And, inspired by Javier Ortega’s blogging over at Ghost Theory (he’s very good about, not to mention a huge proponent of, fair coverage), I realized I wasn’t doing that. I was only presenting one side. And being pretty critical of it in the process. I don’t know anything about making a TV show. Perhaps there are factors I’m missing.
So I set out on a quest to find sources to help set me straight and present the issues the other side faces, from the point of view of the producers and crew.
Over the next several days I’ll be talking with:
- Loyd Auerbach (Again for sure! He’s a wealth of info and is just so generous answering any and all of my questions.)
- Chris Hambright, producer of Believers, in Chris’s words, a relatively new TV show. (You can check out video of the Birdcage Theater investigation on their YouTube channel here.)
- A lady who worked on Most Haunted crew’s for a week when they did the live seven hour shoot at Eastern State Penitentiary.
- Michael Dione, founder of Full Spectrum Ghost Hunters and producer of the Celebrity Paranormal Experience
- Brooke Haramija, case manager for SCARED!, one of the original groups to launch the Paranormal Television Network.
Not only do they all have some really amazing perspectives they’ve already shared with me, they’re all passionate about the paranormal first and foremost! I think it’s going to turn out to be an excellent set of articles once I get my research done. I hope you’ll enjoy reading them as much as I’m going to enjoy working on them!